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Veterans say thank you Verde Valley

Editor:

Bert Black, VFW Post 7400 and the Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank the wonderful people of the Verde Valley.

They showed how much they care for our veterans and those serving now. By donating to our Poppy Drive.

All of the monies collected stay in our valley to help our veterans and their families who may be in need. Also our men and women who are serving our country now, and their families.

Also to the stores and banks of Cottonwood, the Village of Oak Creek, and Sedona a big thank you. And to all the volunteers who helped, you are wonderful.

Anita Bennet

Chairman

Bert Black VFW and Auxiliary

Thank you to those who helped

Editor:

The day of the Zeke Taylor Barbeque arrived, a beautiful, crisp autumn morning, and so did people. 400 plus persons were fed a most delicious meal. Everyone agrees that the meat this year was the best ever. Thank you Don Godard for the many hours you spent putting it all together.

Thanks to the ladies in the kitchen; Gail Fuhrmann, Kay Kallsen, Dottie Larue, Nancy Self, Dallas Wright, and Carol McMeekin, for keeping up with the hungry crowd. Thank you Carol Godard and Connie Phillips for delivering all the take out meals to those who could not attend but know how good the barbeque is.

Thank you Karen and Michael Harwood for keeping the coffee pots full and the tables cleared. Thank you Barbara Westhafer and Donna Balogh for sitting all day in the cold selling tickets. Thank you Mary Ellen Leeper for the great greeter you are. I'm sure everyone felt welcome. Thank you Happy Hoofers for once again adding your dancing talent to our barbeque. Thanks to Natalie Bakhaus. You are a great crowd pleaser.

Thanks to Duane Lovegrove for playing and singing for us again this year. Thank you Old Time Fiddlers for a super show. It was fun having so many of you this year. Thank you Holly Phillips and Kyle Sanahan for the hours helping prepare the meat for the pit. And to you, Holly, for arranging to have the FFA students from Mingus Union High School once again. You are all to be commended for your positive attitude and neat appearance.

Thank you Kim Fulps, for volunteering you day. Thank you Randy Garrison for, again, digging the barbeque pit and then helping to cut the meat to be served. Thank you Elnora Jordan for collecting the meal tickets and keeping track of the meat and raffle tickets sales. Chuck Nevel and Emerson Wright spent the entire day welcoming everyone to visit the museums. Thank you.

Thank you Naomi Thede for volunteering in the gift shop all day. Thanks to David Maple for taking up the slack where needed. That was a great help. Thank you Metch Meccia for once again getting us all squared away with the electrical so as not to blow a fuse. As an added bonus this year, we had the family members of Zeke Taylor attend the barbeque and sign copies of the recently re-published Zeke Taylor book.

Thank you June Barnes for keeping track of that all day long. Thank you YES, the ARC for once again helping us with the set up and take down of tables, chairs, etc. We wish to thank the local radio stations and The Verde Independent newspaper for the excellent media coverage of the barbeque. Many, many thanks to the general membership for baking the delicious cookies we all enjoyed with the ice cream and to all of you who came to enjoy good food and renewing of friendships, we're so glad you came.

Let's do it again next year.

Clemenceau Heritage Museum Board

A big thank you to fire departments

Editor:

This letter is to the Cottonwood Fire Department and Unisource of Cottonwood. During the gas leak at Pine Shadows recently, the Cottonwood Fire Department and Unisource employees were the most professional people that I have encountered in a long time.

They took their time to help the elderly people that needed assistance. The were so prompt in the their response time. Most of all they were very understanding of our concerns. The people of Cottonwood should be very proud and thankful that they have such a dedicated crew to help out in times of trouble. They should be thanked for a job well done and for their professionalism.

Charles E. Whirley

Pine Shadows

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